'Raiders on the storm': The violent destruction of Leviah, an early bronze age urban centre in the Southern Levant

Yitzhak Paz

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Abstract

Archaeological research of the Early Bronze Age (EBA) in the southern Levant is rich in evidence for the destruction of urban centres: burnt destruction layers during most stages of the EBA and massive fortifications that were repeatedly strengthened and altered testify of a troubled and insecure era. However, until recently direct evidence of actual fighting at fortified EBA settlements was virtually unknown and the destruction layers could as easily be considered as the outcome of natural disasters like earthquakes. Current excavations at Leviah have now provided the first unequivocal evidence for the storming and destruction of an EBA town in the southern Levant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-21
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Conflict Archaeology
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Destruction layers
  • Early bronze fortifications
  • Leviah
  • Raiding
  • Southern levant warfare

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology

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